Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Day One

This is where our tv used to be:

Here is our newly improved family room:
Today is Day 1. Day one of no tv in our house for one month. Day one of no sugar for me for one month. It is going to be an interesting month.

Why? Why put the tv in the crawl space? Why give up sugar?

What is keeping me from being the person I want to be: TV and sugar. Those aren't the only things, but they are two big ones in my life. I don't watch an extraordinary amount of tv, but it does fill up a few hours of my day that it doesn't need to fill. And I don't eat a ton of sugar, but I do have problems resisting it when it is around and I am very proficient at rationalizing my nightly indulgence and my overindulgence on the weekends.

So they are going.

I see it this way... I want to read more books. I want to be intentional in my life. I want to be a runner. I want to help Nora with her homework and be present for the girls. I want to be a better friend. I want to work on puzzles. I want to be organized and have a cleaner house. I want to have lower cholesterol. I want to drink more water. I want to weigh 10-15 lbs less than I do right now. Am I going to achieve any of those things with the tv around and while rationalizing my indulgences? The answer, simply, is no. The answer for ME is no.

So they are going.

It is going to be an interesting month. I LOVE sugar. And I love a certain few shows and I'm going to miss their season premiers. But I'm going to read more pages this month than I usually do. And I'm going to eat healthier than I normally do. And I'm going to miss out on all of the election garbage for the next month. And I'm going to miss out on the overly dramatic media coverage of anything and everything. And I'm going to miss out on feeling bloated every Monday morning. And I'm going to miss out on feeling like a slug every Sunday night before bed. And I'm going to learn something about myself and my family in the process.

Day one begins today.


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